7 March 2011 - This winter wasn't as cold as last year, despite the exceptionally cold December, provisional figures show.
The mean UK temperature was 2.4 °C, compared to 1.6 °C last winter. A 'normal' winter average temperature would be 3.7 °C
Heavy snow and very cold weather dominated the UK through much of December. However, during January UK mean temperatures were close to average and by February were above average.
So, through the course of the winter, we went from the coldest December on record to the ninth warmest February on record.
Met Office forecasts and warnings highlighted the severe weather throughout the coldest December in the UK for at least 100 years.
We helped the public and a number of businesses manage through the periods of severe weather. These include Bristol Airport which takes our OpenRunway service - which helps operators keep runways open and flights run on time. It was used by the airport operations team to minimise the impact of the snow and ice through the winter.
Robert Sinclair, CEO of Bristol Airport said: "OpenRunway enabled Bristol Airport to reinforce its risk assessment-based approach to winter operations. Accurate forecasting information enabled resources to be maximized, reducing the impact of severe weather, both airside and landside."
This table shows the temperatures for winter across the UK. All figures are provisional.
|Long-term average temp (1971-2000)||Mean temp, 1 Dec-28 Feb||Coldest since (mean winter temp)||Coldest winter (since 1910)|
|UK||3.7 °C||2.4 °C||2009/10 (1.64 °C)||1962/63 (-0.18 °C)|
|England||4.1 °C||3.0 °C||2009/10 (2.26 °C)||1962/63 (-0.56 °C)|
|Northern Ireland||4.3 °C||2.6 °C||2009/10 (2.04 °C)||1962/63 (1.51 °C)|
|Scotland||2.7 °C||1.2 °C||2009/10 (0.39 °C)||1962/63 (0.16 °C)|
|Wales||4.2 °C||2.8 °C||2009/10 (2.21 °C)||1962/63 (-0.33 °C)|
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Last updated: 13 June 2012